|Dates||about 540 - 520 B.C.|
In Athens in the period from about 540 to 520 B.C., the artist known as the Affecter worked as both a potter and vase-painter. The Affecter may have learned his trade from the Amasis Painter, one of the leading artists of the preceding generation, but he quickly diverged from the conventional path in both his potting and painting. The Affecter's potting was technically excellent. Most of his surviving vases are amphorae, but he chose unusual, old-fashioned forms and then added variations. At a time when Athenian vase-painters stressed the
As with most ancient artists, the real name of the Affecter is unknown, and he is identified only by the stylistic traits of his work. Scholars named him after the affected, or highly stylized, figures that appear in his work.